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Phantom of the Opera

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Early silent film star Lon Chaney took grotesque to a new level. The attractive actor had the uncanny ability to transform himself into hideous characters like the Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Phantom of the Opera using black paint to color his eye sockets, jagged false teeth and wire to hold the tip of his nose up like a skull snout. His stage makeup prowess led him to be dubbed "the man of a thousand faces."

On Friday, Oct. 29, you can catch Chaney's various deformed faces in a special screening of Phantom of the Opera at the Egyptian Theatre with organ accompaniment by Dennis James. The 1925 silent horror film follows the phantom as he lurks through the Paris Opera House, dropping chandeliers and spooking opera staff and audience members in an attempt to procure the leading role for his romantic interest, Christine Daae (Mary Philbin). Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume.